Purpose: To allow players who have earned a place in a USGA Championship and cannot compete due to “Maternity” (which includes pregnancy, surrogacy, or adoption) or “Paternity” (which includes surrogacy or adoption) to be able to defer their earned place in the championship.
Eligibility: A player or a side who has earned a place in a USGA Championship either through qualifying or exemption may defer his or her place in the championship for one (1) year due to Maternity or Paternity of such player or member of such side. For exceptional circumstances as determined by the USGA, a player or side may request to extend the deferral for an additional one (1) year. A player or side may defer their place for a maximum of two (2) years per Maternity or Paternity.
For a player who is exempt under a multi-year exemption category, this policy will apply on the last year of their exemption period in accordance with the terms of this policy.
Ranking “Freeze” Provision: If a player stops competing during the course of the year due to Maternity, the player may “freeze” her current ranking as of the date of last play for the purposes of determining whether the player qualifies for an exemption in a USGA Championship. A player may qualify for an exemption if the player’s “frozen" ranking (e.g. Rolex Ranking or World Amateur Golf Ranking) meets the applicable criteria under USGA’s current exemption categories. Under this provision, the player may defer her place under an applicable exemption for one (1) year following the date of last play. For exceptional circumstances as determined by the USGA, a player may request to extend the deferral for an additional one (1) year. A player’s frozen ranking status may be used to qualify for an exemption for a maximum of two (2) years per Maternity.
Procedure: To request a deferral, a player must submit a written request to the USGA Senior Director, Championship Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the championship for which a deferral is being requested. The request must provide the player’s reason for deferral and date of last play or anticipated date of last play. For any subsequent Maternity or Paternity, a player must submit a separate deferral request for each Maternity or Paternity.